Chili Mole

Chili is right up there with soups and stews when it comes to a tummy filling and warming one pot meal. We can pile all kinds of tasty condiments on top to add flavors and textures to the already delicious concoction. I like the basic chili my mom always made and have developed a passionate fondness for mole sauces I’ve found in the many excellent Mexican restaurants in my rural town so decided to combine the two flavors. This has a depth of flavor that my old chili didn’t have and now I couldn’t imagine making it any other way. Hope you like it.
Chili Mole
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped. If you have any roasted chili peppers in the freezer from last summer, now is the time to use them.1 – 2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 2 -3 tablespoons chili powder, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 15-0z cans pinto beans, drained
  • 2 15-0z cans black beans, drained
  • 1 28-0z can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Saute onion, peppers and garlic in oil until vegetables soften. Add ground meat and saute until no longer pink, breaking up large pieces with a fork. Mix in chili powder, cumin, oregano and the cinnamon stick and stir well. Add beans, tomatoes and juice, broth and chocolate. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 1-1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper. The longer it simmers, the better it gets. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, tomatoes and avocado. Add a pan of cornbread and you’ve got a perfect meal.

I’ve entered this recipe in the Chili Cook-Off Challenge at Foods and Flavors of San Antonio.


  1. Debbie says

    Now this!! This is a chili! It sounds really good and different. I love Mole also, so I think I’ll try this this weekend.

  2. kathy says

    I have been craving chili today and this looks and sounds so yummy! I’m printing this out and looking for the ingredients. Thanks so much for sharing it

  3. noble pig says

    I love a good pot of chili. I enter mine in a contest so I’ll never post the recipe! This sounds wonderful.

  4. La Table De Nana says

    I’ve made Chili..nevr Chili Mole..Olé! I’ll have to try it soon..not enough days for everything I want to make!!

  5. Paula says

    Oh, Cathy, you did soooo good! I love chili with cinnamon and chocolate. On a cold day like today, a bowl of this would be most welcome on my table! Hope there’s no flooding over by you.


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